A piece of artifice, a symbol of defiance against mortality, yet subject to the same laws of nature as the warm and fluttering little sparrow.
In the end, it is not in the lofty ivory tower that we find our salvation, but in the dark depth of the earth, the sea, and space itself, where nameless things strike fear in hearts brittle of hubris.
Ferdinand Leeke (German, 1859-1923), “A Mermaid Tempting a Satyr into the Water”
Pottery from the Cucuteni culture - 4600-3500 BC in today’s Romania, Moldova and Ukraine - with wolves or dogs and snakes.
The wolf/dog motif is common enough in the ancient artefacts that it’s used in modern imitations of “Cucuteni style” pottery.